Corporate responsibility is at the core of all VTT operations
Responsibility and sustainability show in everything we do: It is our task to develop sustainable solutions for our customers and society. It is equally important to ambitiously develop the sustainability of our own operations. The principles of sustainability are taken into account in both our internal operations and all research and service activities.
Corporate responsibility always taken into account
The development of sustainable solutions is our most significant act of corporate responsibility, since our operation is based on resolving grand challenges of our time. We strive to understand the needs and opportunities of businesses and society. We help to meet these needs by co-developing impactful scientific and technological solutions in collaboration with our partners. At the same time, we help our customers to succeed and to promote sustainable growth and well-being in society.
We are a member of the FIBS corporate responsibility network, and we have also joined the UN Global Compact initiative on corporate sustainability.
We value people as they are. Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) are an integral part of our responsibility, and we are strongly committed, for example, towards gender equality within our working community and in the wider research ecosystem. Find out more in our Gender Equality Plan.
At VTT, we want to mitigate climate change and reduce the environmental burden. We encourage VTT employees to make environmentally friendly choices. In our environmental policy, we emphasise the following matters:
• We create sustainable solutions for major societal challenges in our research projects.
• We support our customers in innovations that enhance environmental performance.
• We encourage our personnel towards sustainable choices.
• We comply with the statutory requirements and other binding obligations of our operations.
• We continuously improve our management system to enhance environmental performance.
We implement these goals with the help of our operational system, which is applied by all our facilities in Finland.
We also deal with the immediate impacts of our own activities. VTT aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.
We are a member of the Climate Leadership Coalition and we participate in the operations of the Climate Partners network of the City of Helsinki and businesses.
Responsibility shows in everything we do: we develop sustainable solutions. We report on our sustainability in the GRI section of our annual report.
Standards and certificates
We report on social responsibility issues in accordance with GRI Standards 2016, as applicable. The key part of our corporate social responsibility is the annual report with a GRI table presenting the table of contents, some indicator values, and references to further information on the matter.
ISO 14001, ISO 45001 and ISO 9001 certificated operational system
Our operational system has been granted the following certificates:
Please find a more detailed description of our operational system here.
Code of Conduct and Whistleblower
One essential part of our Compliance programme is the Code of Conduct, which is based on VTT’s good reputation as a reliable partner. It entails such issues as the reliability and high-quality of research findings, our operating practices in relation to our partners, and our commitment to occupational health and safety as well as environmental issues.
We are using the Whistleblower notification channel for reporting suspected abuses. It allows us to become aware of any abuses and non-compliance with our guidelines and ensures that such issues are appropriately addressed. Read more about our Whistleblower channel here.
We always respect the laws and regulations concerning the protection of privacy when processing personal data.